Fundraising: why grant prospect research should be your first step

When you’ve started a nonprofit or thought of an exciting project idea, the next thing you think is, “Where will I get the funding?” Fundraising for nonprofits, museums, libraries, and archives is typically within the top three priorities for any organization, and especially so at the beginning. There are a number of ways to fundraise, and I’ll get into those in a future blog post. For now, we’re going to focus on grants, as they’re typically the branch of fundraising that requires bringing in a grant writing consultant. 

If you already have a list of grants you know will fit your organization and proposed project – great! We can move on to the grant writing process. But if you’re new to grants, and/or are launching a new program or project you’ve not previously sought funding for, it is highly advisable that your do your research. Otherwise known as grant prospect research.

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A Letter to My Congressional Representatives on Our Failure to Support Small Businesses

Headshot of Rachael Woody.

The following is a letter I wrote to my congressional representatives. As someone who encourages archives, museums, and cultural heritage organizations to write to their representatives, I felt it was only fair I share this letter with you.

April 21, 2020

Dear [Representative],

You may know me as the consultant who helped Astoria Public Library win a $17,000 award from Oregon Cultural trust and a $50,000 award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services; which led to a $250,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Or, as the consultant who brought in more than $750,000 from the National Park Service, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and local Portland foundations to Portland’s historically designated Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church to help preserve and share their Civil Rights history.

I’m a small business owner of a certified women-owned business. I provide services to archives, museums, and...

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